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Council reviews Clark Avenue/Dunklin Street roundabout contract

Council reviews Clark Avenue/Dunklin Street roundabout contract

June 18th, 2019 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

The Jefferson City Council is considering construction of a roundabout for the Clark Avenue and East Dunklin Street intersection shown above in this June 14, 2019 photo.

Photo by Greta Cross /News Tribune.

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The Jefferson City Council reviewed a contract Monday to design a roundabout for the intersection of Clark Avenue and Dunklin Street.

The council heard a $152,556 engineering design contract with Bartlett & West to design the roundabout.

Construction of the roundabout is estimated to cost about $1.7 million, City Engineer David Bange previously said. The city and county would partner on the project and use sales tax funds, he added.

Construction would not begin until 2022, Jefferson City Public Works Department Director Matt Morasch said.

If the city constructs the roundabout, it would have to acquire a nearby building that currently houses the Joshua House Church at 1136 E. Dunklin St., Bange previously said.

"(The church will) have some time to work with us to figure that out," Morasch told the City Council.

Construction of the roundabout would also impact a nearby gas station and some residences, Morasch said.

The city plans to hold a public meeting after it gets preliminary designs of the roundabout.

Ellis-Porter Riverside and McClung parks

In other business Monday, the City Council suspended the rules and approved a $441,990 supplemental appropriation within the Parks Fund for a professional services contract with The Architect's Alliance, Inc. for improvements at McClung and Ellis-Porter Riverside parks. The contract includes the final design, construction documents, competitive bidding and construction phase activities.

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The current scope for improvements at Ellis-Porter Riverside Park, at 300 Ellis-Porter Drive, include a new 5,000-seat community amphitheater, more parking and upgraded ballfields, among other improvements. The Architect's Alliance will bid public restrooms for the outdoor amphitheater as an alternate, the proposal states.

The current scope of improvements at McClung Park, at 930 McClung Park Drive, includes indoor pavilion renovations, new outdoor patio, extension of the outdoor play surface and parking lot repairs.

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission approved the supplemental appropriation earlier this month.

The two parks are the commission's second and third priorities for park improvements.

Community Park, at 725 Marshall St., is the commission's first property from the parks master plan, a 20-year plan that lays out improvements to the parks system.

The Parks Commission awarded Sircal Contracting with a more than $1.46 million construction contract in April for improvements at Community Park. The improvements include a sprayground, playground equipment and structures, retaining walls, stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, installation of furnishings, paving and surfacing, among other items.

Parks noise ordinance

The City Council also heard a bill that would require residents to follow the city's noise level ordinance during after-hours at the parks.

The current ordinance states activities in the public parks are exempt from the city's noise level restrictions. The amendment would specify the exemption only applies during normal park operating hours.

Those wanting a noise exemption for the parks would need to acquire a license or permit from the city, under the proposed amendment.

The amendment would "allow better enforcement of the noise ordinance within the parks," Assistant Parks Director JJ Gates said.

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Capital Mall tax increment financing

Also on Monday, the City Council heard an amendment to the 2015 tax increment financing contract between the city and Capital Mall JC, LLC.

Capital Mall JC is seeking to issue bonds, City Counselor Ryan Moehlman said, which requires the city to revise the development agreement.

The amendment does not authorize the bond issuance, the bill states. The City Council will review bills related to the bond issuance in July.

Sewer main rehabilitation

The City Council reviewed a more than $1.7 million contract with SAK Construction LLC for sewer main rehabilitation Monday. Under the contract, SAK would replace sanitary sewer mains that are prone to infiltration and are structurally unsound.

The council also reviewed a separate $168,900 contract with Vis-Sewer of Missouri, LLC to replace sanitary sewer manholes that are almost deteriorated.